Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: February 6th, 2017
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Blurb from goodreads:
As the last Pack member without a mate, Luke Reynolds has become an outsider. When he takes a job as the head horse trainer Sedona, Arizona, he’s looking forward to starting a new life. But everything changes the night he finds beautiful woman stranded on the side of the highway.
Raven Wood has been bitten and turned against her will. Luckily, her spirit is stronger than most, and she has every intention of escaping the Sedona Pack. Somehow. The sexy lone wolf who rescues her might be just the answer she’s looking for.
But the Sedona Pack Alpha has a mission, and unless Luke and Raven can stop him, they’ll lose everything.
"Moon Wolf" was my first book in the Moon series but it won't be my last. It was a sweet, sexy, action-filled story that kept me reading, wondering how Luke and Raven would get their happy ending. Of course, being me, I started late in the series with book seven. Cuz that's how I roll. 😊 Despite being the seventh book n the series, it worked pretty well as a stand alone. Many of the events and the main action are directly due to events in previous books but Kessler did a good job of weaving in back story without doing an info dump or slowing down the story. The story did slow down a bit around the halfway mark but it picked back up again quickly.
Luke and Raven were good together, and I loved that though their wolves recognized each other as mates, their humans still had a say in things and they had to learn to trust each other and respect each other. Luke had just about given up hope of finding his true mate while Raven didn't know such a thing existed. He's a born wolf from a healthy pack while she's a bitten wolf from a dysfunctional pack. Luke was sweet, thoughtful, considerate, stubborn, and sometimes impulsive. Raven was wary, cautious, loyal, feisty, and capable of taking care of herself, though it took her a while to realize that.
And then we get shifter politics. I did get a bit confused at times with all the politics and who was working for whom, maybe because I came into the series so late, but I was able to keep track of the players most of the time. Kessler's world has more shifters than wolves, they don't all get along, and her world building was strong. I want to know more about this world and get to know the rest of the Sedona Pack as well as learn more about Raven and her family.
"Wolf Moon" was a near seamless mix of urban fantasy, action, and romance. I cared about the characters, got caught up in the politics, and want to see more of her shifters. While this book worked as a stand alone, if you're interested, it might be best to start at the beginning of the series to fully understand what's going on.